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Frank Reich    

NFL and NCAA Record Holder for Largest Comeback; Indianapolis Colts Coach

Frank Reich is known for his incredible comebacks. Not once but twice in his football career, he led his team to victory against insurmountable odds. Today, his exciting determination and inspiring boldness for the Lord endure after a long journey of "the highest of highs and the lowest of lows."

While playing for the University of Maryland, Reich was injured in the fourth game of his senior season and the chance to play professional football seemed lost. But in a game against the Miami Hurricanes, Reich came off the bench to play a key role in the high point of the season. Down by a daunting 31 to 0, Reich led the team to a remarkable 42-40 victory.

He could not have known that history would repeat itself eight years later. Drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 1985, Reich started in the playoff game against the Houston Oilers in a bid to go to the Super Bowl. As the Oilers charged to a 35-3 lead, Reich looked to stop their stampede one play at a time. Although no team had ever won after being down by 32 points, the Buffalo Bills captured the lead in the final minutes of the game and eventually won in overtime 41 to 38 – an NFL comeback record that still stands today.

After that dramatic victory, Reich delivered a powerful message to an unusually responsive media. While each camera continued to roll, he gave God the glory for his part in this historic win.

During the second quarter of Super Bowl XXVII. Bill’s starter Jim Kelly had to leave the game due to injury and Reich entered the game. If the Bills won, Reich would have the world's attention to again honor his Heavenly Father. But God had other plans. The Buffalo Bills lost 52 to 17, one of the most lopsided Super Bowls of all time.

Today, Reich is the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. Starting as an intern with the Colts in 2006, Reich has also coached with the Arizona Cardinals and San Diego Chargers. As the offensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017, Reich won Super Bowl LII over the New England Patriots.

As a speaker, Reich draws from his extraordinary experiences to encourage anyone who faces adversity. His inspiring story demonstrates how Jesus is the only hope, especially when faced with inevitable hardship.

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